Off-Campus Housing

Boston, MA
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I had one pretty terrible off campus housing situation Junior year, and one pretty okay but not spectacular experience during my Senior Year. My landlord was an idiot in junior year, and we literally lived among mice poop because he was too cheap to do anything real about it. It was a nightmare. Landlord senior year was much more professional, and the place was livable - so that's a plus!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Allston and Brookline area are overflowing with housing options. Some are better than others but there is always an option for off campus housing, whether its a lease or sublet. Obviously some apartment options are better than others.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is affordable and a lot of students move off campus for the space and added freedom.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection is a little limited, especially considering how expensive everything is. It's especially harder for graduate students who are looking for somewhere affordable. close to campus, but isn't in an undergrad-filled loud and rowdy neighborhood.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off campus housing. I have heard it is quite expensive and only know two people who live off campus. They both love it


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  • 877th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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The consensus is that campus life is a benefit to your social life freshman year, but after that, it is time to move out. If freedom is an issue, and you intend to have off-campus visitors for overnight stays, then the visitor policies on campus can be really stifling. Also, partying is notoriously difficult in on-campus living, so if you are looking for privacy, off-campus housing is the only way to go. The discipline for “improper behavior” in on-campus housing, such as neglecting to set up a visitor request three days in advance, typically depends on the RAs, and brownstones are significantly less strictly upheld than the larger dorms. Specialty housing also includes its own specific restrictions concerning residents and guests.

Moving off campus is a completely different lifestyle (read: freedom). But if money is tight or you are supporting yourself, off-campus living is extremely expensive. Rent runs around $700 per month for a room. If you have the means, however, it is well worth it and really easy to find. There tends to be a moving explosion all over Boston on August 31st and September 1st, since that is when all of the leases turn over. If it is at all possible, try to move your stuff the day before the chaos begins.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Get yourself organized around February to ensure a spot in a nice place.
Popular Areas
  • Allston/Brighton
  • Boston
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 4 BR: $2,800
  • Studio: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 124 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 124 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 22% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 123 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 10% Extremely helpful.
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